Fall/Winter 2016

Martin Willitts Jr


 Everywhere between heaven and earth is fragile.
Fear could tendril like vines, if we let it.
It is too easy to surrender, too comfortable
to be depressed; harder to transmute
into particles of light when expressing love,
but that is what is needed. All of this earth-swell,
this cadence of morning and evening flow,
is just a rehearsal for whatever is next in life.

All perceptions are immediate
when they should be re-evaluated
for the totality of the experience,
otherwise, we are short-changing ourselves.

Today, the door of dreams opened
and a woman walked into the unknown
just to know it.


Martin Willitts Jr is a retired Librarian living in Syracuse, NY. He is the winner of 2013 Bill Holm Witness Poetry Contest; 2014 Broadsided award; 2014 Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award; and, Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge, June 2015, Editor’s Choice. He has over 20 chapbooks, plus 13 full-length collections including “How to Be Silent” (FutureCycle Press, 2016). His forthcoming books include “Dylan Thomas and the Writing Shed” (FutureCycle Press); “Three Ages of Women” (Deerbrook Press); and the winner of the Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Award, “The Wire Fence Holding Back the World” (Flowstone Press).



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